Hiking trail

Direttissima (Nr. 4)

Yes, this path leads straight down to the village – as the name suggests.

  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,20 h
  • Distance 4,4 km
  • Ascent 23 m
  • Descent 628 m
  • Lowest point 1608 m
  • Highest point 2213 m


This trail brings hikers straight from the wooded world of the alpine slopes into Zermatt village. The idyllic path leads through mixed larch forest, at times over a soft floor of larch needles (caution, slippery surface), but also across mini-pastures with small barns known as “Gädi” in the local dialect. The small clearings in the woods are delightful spots to pause, relax and enjoy the fresh forest air.

Tufteren - Patrullarve - Tiefenmatten - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

As the path emerges from the forest, pause to enjoy the sweeping view to the left with the Matterhorn.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Map and arrival